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Wednesday
Mar052014

Ten years! 

Here I am, hello! Where have I been? Well, writing, obviously:


Also, being a poor influence on my child:


And appearing on podcasts! Well, a podcast.

The last couple of months have been crammed with Work and Life, but I promise, promise, promise to write more soon. I have also been reorganizing my work schedule and cleaning up my habits, such as they are, and I think I’m on a smarter track. I’ll tell you all about it in my next post.  (Uh, maybe after we take a look at some of the above Salads. Alluring and new? Sign me up!)

The ten-year anniversary of my blog came and went, and I sort of can’t believe it’s been so long. So many great things have happened in my life as a result of this blog. This is a very important place for me. I don’t want to neglect it, and you, any more.

Hey, so: who’s still reading? Please comment, and say hello. Tell me about you. What brought you here? What do you want to see more of? Less of? The same amount of? Do you have a blog? Why not tell us about it?



Reader Comments (102)

OMG, is your soon doodling that cat cartoon? Love him for that. I can't remember the name of the cat now!

I've been sorely neglecting my blog as well, but now that you've admitted the same, I'll just say it's because you're my idol and I wanted to be just like you. Also, I pretty much have about three readers, so no harm, no foul. ;D

Go on with your organizing self!

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWombat Central

I don't even remember any more how I got here or when... haven't you always been here? Like a mountain? Or Jack Torrance? I keep coming back, and I have your Panic book - so great! But I love it best when you write about writing. I really crave hearing about how women (especially mothers) write, or do anything creative, really. It inspires me to keep putting one word after another myself. Thanks & Happy Anniversary!

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Hi! I'm Karen. I grew up a black child on a small Caribbean island, and I'm now living in the thriving metropolis of Houston, Texas -- it's amazing what you can accomplish when you DREAM!

I've been reading your blog for lo, these many years (I started in 2004, maybe? 2005?), and have loved you verily for that long. Happy anniversary, sweet friend. You're one of the best things that has ever happened to the internet, no diggity. No doubt.

xo

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I'm just happy you're not shuttering the place! I'm interested in more, period--whatever you got. Mom stuff, anxiety stuff (thank you for making me feel less alone about the panic attacks while driving), writerly stuff, thoughtful/angry stuff, miscellaneous funny stuff--I'm up for any and all. Although now it is really bothering me that I don't remember how I found you eons ago. Also that I said "stuff" so many times.

I don't blog publicly, just on LJ, because I am super hip. (As evidenced by my calling myself "super hip.")

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterR

I am also de-lurking given your sweet invitation. Like so many others I've been reading for so long that I can't remember how I got here in the first place. Probably been around for 9? 8? years? Goodness. I so appreciate you sharing the moments in your life, the ups and downs and big and small eddies of change. There are many women bloggers I follow who are living different lives in different circumstances, all of which, in addition to being entertaining, help me imagine the form my life might take, the different ways to form a family, to live in a city or a house, to raise a child. This is an invaluable gift and one that I'm so appreciative of. It helps keep me from falling into the predetermined ruts of my own existence and to realize that there are many many ways to make your path. Thank you so much for that! And for the moments of enjoyment you've provided over the years.

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMara

I am reading whatever you're writing, whenever you get around to writing it.

xoxo

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMir

Happy Anniversary! I'm always just up for more of you, whatever you think to say.

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKizz

I've enjoyed your self-effacing humor, and your writing tips have been helpful (even though I never seem to be able to generate more than a two-sentence paragraph...baby steps). Thanks for being a fun, instructive presence in my internet life; cheers to ten more years.

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

De-lurking after several years to say that you're the awesome-est and congratulations on 10 years!

Like 'R', I also appreciated your post about your driving-related anxiety as that has crept up on me as I've aged. Your book recommendations have been spot on; would love to see more of them. And, of course, your cat is an amazing creature, as all black cats are. I'm always happy when he appears in your posts as it usually looks like he's plotting something.

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Happy Anniversary!

I've been reading you since that Star Wars story in Wondertime.

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEliza

happy salad-versary!

i've been reading for years - you, dooce, julia, julie were my firsts, as a few other commenters have mentioned, so i must have found you all from links around.

in any case, keep it up - or don't. i'll always have the archives. ;)

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJen LC

More of: Mrs. Bradley! (Also, salad). Less of: the absence of Mrs. Bradley.
I can't remember how I stumbled upon this blog, but over the years as my blog reading has dropped off, I've kept Finslippy bookmarked.

I used to blog and I loved recounting tales of my encounters with other humans, but I obsessed too much about the writing and a simple story could take many hours to get juuuuuust right. Then FB came along and made it too easy to write shorter pieces. Dammit, FB! Sometimes I think about going back to my blog (which is still out there but password protected because of a creepy guy), but ... but... I don't know.
Anyhoo, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdgm

I first met Finslippy when you were growing your hair out and the internet connection was so slow I practically saw it get longer in real time. How can you be one of the founding mothers of blogging and still be so YOUNG? And yes, I do have a blog. Because you made me do it.

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMomQueenBee

Hi. Can't remember how I came here, but I've read the archives from the start.

I do have a blog, but update so infrequently that I can't even remember the url at the moment.

If you want to read it (it's nothing special), the link is on my Twitter @sheppitsgal.

Glad you're still here x

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSheppitsgal

Hi. I'm Lyla. I started reading your blog when I found "Let's Panic About Babies!". That book made me smile and laugh in a time when I couldn't.

I loved your openness about the crazy side effects of meds and it was so wonderful to read while I was going through my own postpartum medication roulette.

I also liked the momversations that you did. And now I like to read your diary blog.

Don't worry, I live in Canada so I only stalk you on the internet. :)

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLyla Jackson

Really I just want to see more posts. I don't even care what they are about. You are such a talented writer and I really think you could write about clipping your nails and you would find a way to make it engaging.Please write more! PLEASE!!!

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterannmarie

I believe I have been reading you for almost all of those ten years! Wow. Well, I adore your writing and clearly come here through it all, regardless of topic. Keep on keeping on! Love this little slice of the internet :-)

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Woo hoo! You are still there. I was just getting ready to send you a nudge saying I have cut my son's hair twice since you wrote about cutting your son's (and not with any better results) and it was time to move on from that topic. Finslippy was listed as a favorite site by the Director of the Child Care Program at the YMCA here in Eugene, OR a few years ago and I have checked in regularly since then. I read your blog because I too have an 11 year old boy and a cat (and a dog which the cat hates) and I like your sense of humor. I also secretly (well, I guess not secretly anymore) want to blog but just like keeping a diary in my teens, the molecules rarely align to make it happen with any regularity. You do provide a lot of inspiration though and I am grateful for that, and for the chance to laugh. Yours is the only blog I read - ah, how nice is that. Looking forward to your future adventures.

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterYodaMom

I have been reading since I was in college, about eight years? I love your blog. Please keep writing!

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I'm still here. Luv u. Alice

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJrl

Hello Alice - I found your blog through other bloggers' work I admire (dooce; I,rodius; detritus; b1-66er) in 2006 or so - been lurking ever since. I always enjoy reading what you write, and frequently I have tears rolling down my face, from laughing or from crying. Keep up the good work, with whatever frequency makes sense for you. Your fan base will be patiently waiting. (I just had a thought that I could liken your fan base to that of Springsteen's in the '80s' - everyone else put out an album a year, but The Boss took his own sweet time, and it was always worth the wait.)

March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne in Denver

Happy bloggiversary!

Like most of the readers who've commented above, I think I'm just happy to read whenever you've had time to post :)

I've been subscribed through various Readers since... somewhen. 2007, maybe? I followed a link one day, and just stayed, because your voice made so much sense, and so many giggles. Since I've finally begun my own writing, I've really appreciated the stories of your creative journey - let's just say a lot of it sounds extremely familiar!

No special requests here - just congratulations on where you've got to, and best wishes for the next ten years for both Finslippy and Alice!

March 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjubeedoo

Hello! Still reading! Don't you up and quit on me, y'hear? I like ya real nice. Right. So. Came via Dooce, stayed because of your writing. Which is hilarious, witty, touching, honest, clever, and so, so good. I also saw you speak with Eden Kennedy in Seattle (my humble city) and that sealed the deal for me. Actually, I heard you in a podcast and THAT sealed the deal for me. Whatever. You sealed several deals. All because you're one of the funniest, smartest writers I know. So there. Write, or don't write. Write whatever the hell you want. I'll still be your reader.

March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLauren Z

Honestly, I find your writing about your family, in particular your son, to be so entertaining and hilarious. I hadn't visited your blog in a while, but the entry about his haircut... well, it reminds me why I come back.

March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRenee Gillette

What brought me here? Well...The first thing I read by you was a funny story about a problem with your foot. I laughed so hard I cried, and that was a first for me. I rather enjoyed the experience of tears pouring down my cheeks as I gasped for air, when it wasn't because someone had died. So every now and then I think, I wonder what that foot lady is up to? And here I am!

Also: Why, yes, I do have a blog, thanks for asking! I write about love and divorce and living in a teeny tiny space with two children.

March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDontBlameTheKids

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